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At the seventh annual NBJ Newport Summit in Coronado, Calif., Nutrition Business Journal Editor-in-Chief and Summit Co-Chairman Grant Ferrier presented Lifetime Leadership Awards to: Ian Newton, managing director, Ceres Consulting; Randy J. Dennin, retired vice president of global business development, Capsugel, and chairman, International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations; Annette Dickinson, president, Council for Responsible Nutrition; and Elwood Richard, president, NOW Foods. NBJ?s Lifetime Leadership Awards recognize executives who have gone beyond the call of duty on behalf of the nutrition industry.

Vital Living Inc., a supplements company based in Phoenix, appointed James Rouse vice chairman of the scientific board and its chief lifestyle medical officer. Rouse is a naturopathic physician who owns and operates a family practice clinic in Denver.

New York-based Slow Food USA has named Erika Lesser as its new executive director.

Mary Bolster has been named executive editor of Berkeley, Calif.-based Yoga Journal. She was formerly deputy editor of Sports Illustrated for Women, and prior to that was editor of Rodale?s Fitness Swimmer. Her work has appeared in Prevention, Men?s Health and other publications.

Futurebiotics LLC of Hauppauge, N.Y., announced that Michael Pelton has joined the company as executive vice president. Pelton has been in the natural products industry for more than 13 years.

Lester M. Crawford, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be the keynote speaker at The Conference—the Council for Responsible Nutrition?s 2004 Annual Conference on Dietary Supplements, Oct. 24-27 at Lansdowne Resort near Washington, D.C.

Steve Aronow and James Gravelle announced the formation of Natural Food Service Brokerage, focusing on natural/organic products in the foodservice channel. Both have natural foods and entrepreneurial backgrounds, including previous brokerage experience. With offices in Northern and Southern California, initial coverage will be the West Coast, with plans to expand nationally.

Fortitude Brands LLC of Coconut Grove, Fla., a manufacturer of all-natural, gluten-free food, has announced the promotion of Mark Lichter to national sales manager.

Food Marketing Institute of Washington, D.C., hired Anne-Marie Roerink as director of research. Roerink was previously director of marketing and research at the American Society of Travel Agents.

CRN President Annette Dickinson was among the presenters at the Aug. 19 Public Stakeholders? Meeting in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Agriculture panel reviewing the Food Guide Pyramid.

Blaine, Wash.-based Nature?s Path Foods has hired Cory Kirlan as its Rocky Mountain/Southwestern regional sales manager and Cathey Cassady as its Southeast regional sales manager. Kirlan is a 10-year food industry veteran and will be based in Boulder, Colo. Cassady comes from The Hain Celestial Group, where she served as Southeast sales manager.

The National Nutritional Foods Association East Region hired Walter Friesendorf as its executive director. Friesendorf?s previous experience includes serving as manager for nutraceuticals manufacturer Biosan Laboratories, as well as magazine and newsletter publishing. The region also announced its nominations for officers, including Adrienne Mastrobattista as president, Jay Jacobowitz as treasurer and Bob Norman as secretary. Elections will be held at Natural Products Expo East, Washington D.C., and are tentatively scheduled for Friday evening, Oct. 15.

National Cooperative Bank has announced the promotion of James R. Braun to assistant vice president and portfolio manager for the Corporate Banking Group in the bank?s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Brockton, Mass.-based Fairfield Farm Kitchens appointed Elena Gatti national sales manager. Gatti has prior experience in national account sales, sales management, product management and sales training.

Rod Moyer, previous general manager of Albert?s Organics East in Bridgeport, N.J., has been named vice president of the company. He has worked at Albert?s for more than 15 years. Don Hessel, formerly general manager of Albert?s West in Vernon, Calif., has been promoted to vice president of operations. Jim Hagen, formerly general manager of Albert?s Denver/BFX, has been promoted to vice president of fresh foods. Replacing Hessel as general manager of Albert?s West is Vincent Calvillo, the division?s former assistant general manager. Replacing Hagen as general manager of Albert?s Denver is David Chappelle, former Denver operations manager. Albert?s also announced that Bob Rennick has joined the Southern division sales team. Shannon Hold was promoted to a sales position after being Albert?s production supervisor.

Good Health Natural Foods announced the addition of Rick Williams as Western regional sales manager of the Northport, N.Y.-based company. Good Health also named Randy Markle as Midwest regional sales manager. In addition, Good Health Vice President Justin Desiderio will be responsible for managing the Eastern sales region, as well as overseeing national sales.

Spectrum Organic Products, based in Petaluma, Calif., and a producer of culinary oils and essential fatty acid products, announced that John B. Elstrott is the newest member of its board of directors. Elstrott comes from a background of business academia at Tulane University in New Orleans.

—C.S.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 10/p. 147-148

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